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When people are dying, they have a different perspective on life, love and the BIG PICTURE. I've learned lots and I want to share.
When people are dying, they have a different perspective on life, love and the BIG PICTURE. I've learned lots and I want to share.
When people are dying, they have a different perspective on life, love and the BIG PICTURE. I've learned lots and I want to share.
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When people are dying, they have a different perspective on life, love and the BIG PICTURE. I've learned lots and I want to share.

Hospice Patients' Secrets to the Universe Postcards

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What?

I want to create a set of custom-designed mixed media and/or digitally designed printed postcards that illustrate the words of wisdom my hospice patients have shared with me. 

I don't want to give away ALL the secrets, but here is one sample design:

Why postcards?

I love postcards and always have. My dad was in the military and we lived overseas for most of my childhood. This was before the era of the internet and international calling. Our only contact with family and friends was through the mail. Fortunately, I had wonderful aunts and grandparents that would send postcards to keep in touch. Mail is very sentimental to me still. Good postcards are hard to find, so I've been designing my own for years.

What's up with the theme?

When people find out I work in hospice, they always say, "Oh that must be so hard." In reality, I find the job to be very rewarding and I have met hundreds of fascinating people. When people are close to dying, they are often more candid in their communication. I have had some memorable conversations over the years. There is a viral article that talks about the 'regrets of the dying,' but that has not been my experience in my interactions. I am a big proponent of "dignity therapy" which is an approach where I "see" patients as they see themselves. When we (medical professionals) see beyond the "patient," we allow the person to be themselves again. There is a stereotype of the dying person as sad and sentimental. I want you to know that people who are dying can also be wise, witty and sometimes a little snarky. I've written down the best of their quips and I want to share them.

My artistic style

I am a fan of digitally designed postcards and also collage art, and I will probably use both. Here are a few postcards that I personally designed to give you a flavor of my design style. Note these are NOT postcards for this campaign.

Sample of my digital design/photography art from last campaign
Sample of my digital design/photography art from last campaign

 

A bit ominous... not a secret, but a word of caution from a hospice patient
A bit ominous... not a secret, but a word of caution from a hospice patient

 

Sample of collage art postcard (not for this campaign)
Sample of collage art postcard (not for this campaign)

 

Risks and challenges

This is my third Kickstarter campaign. The second one was a postcard campaign and more complicated than this one. I suppose if this campaign were wildly successful, I would have a lot of postcards to address. I do not feel this would be a big concern as I usually send over 100 postcards every time I go on vacation. This Christmas I mailed 187 postcards, all hand addressed, all with individual messages. I am an active participant in the international postcard exchange via postcrossing.com. Like I said, I love mailing postcards and my friends and family can attest to my postcard "habit." As a backup plan, I know of several people who will help with addressing postcards if needed. If I have over 2000 postcards to address, I may have to report to printed address labels. (Gasp). I have not yet designed these postcards, however, I have built design time into the delivery date. I already have a favorite vendor in mind for printing the postcards.

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    Send me a secret

    One postcard, designed by me and mailed to you with a randomly selected response from my collection of "secrets." The back of the postcard will have a little message from me.

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    I want more secrets!

    You will receive 5 postcards, designed by me and mailed to you periodically with my favorite responses from my collection of "secrets." The back of the postcards will have a little message from me.

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    I want more secrets! (Sacred)

    (Some of the secrets may mention God and/or Holy Spirit)
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    I want to tell the secrets! (Secular)

    You will receive a package of 20 Secular (non-faith based) postcards (2 each of 10 designs) that you can mail to your friends and loved ones.

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